Voters will decide in November on a proposal to break California up into three smaller states — the first time since before the Civil War that an effort to divide the state will make it to the ballot.

The initiative dividing California, pushed by Silicon Valley venture capital investor Tim Draper, received enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Supporters of the measure submitted more than 600,000 signatures, and a random sample projected that enough are valid that the measure can go before voters.

The proposal would remake the Golden State into three. California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the Oregon border.

A new Southern California state would run south from the Northern California border, skirt around the coast from Monterey past Los Angeles, and include San Diego, Death Valley and the rest of the state east to Nevada and Arizona.

Even if approved by state voters, splitting up the state still would require approval from Congress — no easy thing in a sharply divided country. Voters approved the splitting of California into two states in 1859, but Congress never acted on that request.

Creating two new states would add four new members to the U.S. Senate, two for each of the additional Californias. That may not sit well with representatives from flyover country who already feel like California, which has grown deeply Democratic, has too much influence in Congress.

A poll conducted in April found that only 17 percent of registered California voters favored the proposal, while 72 percent opposed it.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

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